Holiday specials used to be the domain of Thanksgiving and Christmas alone. However, Halloween has been increasingly celebrated on the small screen. There are now dozens of movie marathons, special episodes and TV specials all over the Cable Airwaves.
Fortunately for you, we have selected the best scares leading up to Halloween for you! From a spotlight on Vincent Price to a night full of zombies, you’re sure to find the best scare to enjoy All Hallow’s Eve.
Vincent Price Movie Marathon –
Airing on Oct. 24 at 8pm on TCM.
That’s right, TCM is devoting Oct. 24 and 31 to Vincent Price. Few actors have ever achieved the natural chill-up-the-spine effect that made Price famous. The Cable channel will feature several of Price’s famous scary movies. Features films include House of Wax (1953), The Mad Magician (1954), House of Usher (1960), Diary of a Madman (1963), The Tingler (1959), House on Haunted Hill (1959), The Bat (1959), Tower of London (1962) and The Raven (1963).
Friday Night Spooklight –
Airing on Oct. 25 at 8pm on TCM.
TCM is going full boar on Halloween this year. Following the Vincent Price marathon comes a night dedicated to the crazy of the world. While vampires, mummies and zombies and the like are obviously scary, little is more horrifying that humans who go nuts. Just try not to look at your family in a different life after watching movies including the following: “Maniac Criminals” — A Bucket of Blood (1959) at 8pm, Dementia 13 (1963) at 9:15pm; “Scary Sisters” — What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) at 10:45pm, Sisters (1973) at 1:15am.
Zombie Night –
Airing on Oct. 26 at 9pm on Syfy.
There is no arguing that zombies are having their moment right now. From the Walking Dead to World War Z, the undead are living large on both the big and small screen. Syfy movies are often known more for being laughably bad, but we’re willing to give this one a chance. Watching Daryl Hannah, Anthony Michael Hall, and Shirley Jones kill walking corpses can’t help but be fun!
Halloween Movie Marathon –
Airing on Oct. 30 from 9:30am-1am; Oct. 31 from 11am-9pm on Spike.
If you are looking for a movie marathon that is a bit more contemporary, then cable channel Spike has you covered. There offerings include A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), A Nightmare on Elm Street III, The Wolf Man (2010), Stephen King’s It, Halloween (2007), Halloween II (2009) and The Crazies (2010). Warning, if you are one of the few who don’t fear the natural creepy that is clowns, then Stephen King’s It will change your perception forever.
On Thursday, we’re look at the family-friendly options perfect for the little ghosts and goblins out there. In the meantime, let us know your favorite spooky movie in the comment section below!